“We are delighted to progress to the next round,” commented Steve Komphela after his side beat Stellenbosch FC 2-1 to progress to the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup thanks to goals from Erick Mathoho and Leonardo Castro.
“It wasn’t a walk in the park,” the Kaizer Chiefs admitted. “Stellenbosch came out and really made a fight of it. However, before their goal, we had a couple of chances to bury the match, including Teenage Hadebe’s header. That was a clear cut chance, but we failed to finish from close range.”
Bernard Parker and Castro formed a good combination up-front with the Colombian scoring the second goal. “There were a lot of positives to build on,” Komphele said, “even Castro’s goal came from Parker’s touch.”
“We will take this win to the next match, because after a win one goes to the next match with less pressure.”
Chiefs host AmaZulu in a league fixture at FNB Stadium on Saturday, 17 March (kick-off is at 18:00).
Steve Barker, meanwhile, heaped praises on Man of the Match, Daniel Cardoso. “Cardoso was fantastic tonight,” the Stellenbosch coach pointed out. “No wonder that Chiefs have conceded so few goals this season, as they are very tight and well organised in defence.”
Komphela looks forward to Thursday’s draw for the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal. “For now,” he concludes, “we will enjoy this win while staying grounded.”